Nominees for
Best New Talent 2023

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About the Award

UPBEAT’s Best New Talent Award directs the limelight to Europe’s upcoming artists, the hidden pockets where heritage and new talent ferments, the uncharted musical landscapes off the mainstream path. 

We are thrilled to announce the 10 exceptional artists from North Macedonia, Estonia, Italy, Poland, Spain (Catalonia), Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia! 

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UPBEAT Best New Talent 2023 artists will now have the access to mentoring activities to develop their skills and competencies to help propel their international careers! 

The winner will get the chance to perform at vibrant and vogue PIN Showcase & Conference in Skopje, as well as getting a live video produced by Blogotheque in their coveted Take Away Show. All this to help them gain a foothold on the international market.

The Jury

Our expert jury consists of renowned music professionals, critics, and industry insiders who carefully evaluate the nominees and help determine the winners. They bring their extensive experience and expertise to ensure the integrity and fairness of the awards. They have selected 10 out of nearly hundred artists who have featured at any of UPBEAT’s member festivals throughout the year.

Araceli Tzigane

Mapamundi Música / Mundofonías / Transglobal World Music Chart

Araceli Tzigane began her activities related to the dissemination of world musics in 2000, out of an irrepressible need to share with others the sounds that brought her so much happiness. This has been the driving force behind all the initiatives that were to come.

She is the owner of Mapamundi Música, a management and booking agency created in 2007, specialiced in music from the peoples, mainly acoustic, settled in Spain and working worldwide. Mapamundi Música also support artists in developing their speech and facilitating their access to the decision makers and to the public. She also publishes a monthly magazine with interviews and news of interest for the global community working with these musics. She is also founder and administrator of Transglobal World Music Chart. Mapamundi Música is a founder member of the European Folk Network, of which Araceli is a member of the board.

Balázs Weyer

Director of Programming
Hangveto / Budapest Ritmo / MOST / Upbeat

Ethnomusicologist and director of Hangveto, a world music production company in Hungary and the larger region. He is curating several festivals, including Budapest Ritmo. He is the artistic director of Creative Europe project ‘MOST’ and is representing the city of Veszprem in the UNESCO Cities of Music network. He is a curator of several festivals and showcases and a member of the World Music Charts Europe jury. He is also a producer and music consultant of movie and TV soundtracks, a documentary maker, a music journalist and the chairman of Music Hungary, the music industry association of his homeland. He is a European Capitals of Culture consultant for cities on cultural development projects.

Chris Eckman

Musician, producer, soundtrack composer and co-founder
Glitterbeat Records

Musician, record producer, and co-founder of Glitterbeat Records, a label “built upon sounds and artists that transcend cultural pre-conceptions and genre specificity”. Over the last 25 years Eckman’s band, The Walkabouts released nearly 20 albums. He produced over thirty albums for artists like Tamikrest, Aziza Brahim, and more.